out of 4
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|*Also starring: ||Lizzy Caplan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Daniel Franzese, Tim Meadows, Jonathan Bennett, Wai Choy, Amy Poehler, Rajiv Surendra, Jonathan Malen, Olympia Lukis||
Review by Susan Granger
3½ stars out of 4
le I didn't grow up home-schooled by zoologist parents in Africa like
Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), I did attend a small, private school until the 10th
grade when I transferred to Beverly Hills High School. So as Cady learns to
cope with the cliques, crushes and cattiness that characterize today's teen
years, I could relate to the angst depicted in this totally cool chick flick.
For naive Cady, suburban West Shore High School is an exotic, terrifying
place, particularly if you've never faced bitchy teenage beasts before. Which
is why, at first, she is flattered when a trio of most awesome girls, known as
the Plastics, invite her to have lunch, much to the chagrin of two outcasts, a
Goth punk (Lizzy Caplan) and gay guy (Daniel Franzese), who warn her about
them. Within the Plastics, blonde, beautiful Regina George (Rachel McAdams)
reigns supreme, disdainfully dictating to her moronic acolytes, insecure
Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and dim Karen (Amanda Seyfried), who obey her every
hostile dictum, including cautioning Cady against dating Regina's hunky ex
(Jonathan Bennett) and joining the nerdy Mathletes. Inevitably, Cady is drawn
into their malicious power struggle until she realizes that popularity status
just isn't worth it.
Adapted by "Saturday Night Live" writer Tina Fey (who plays Cady's math
teacher/mentor Ms. Norbury) from Rosalind Weisman's "Queen Bees and Wannabes:
Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Boyfriends and Other Realities of
Adolescence," the story delineates the quirky hierarchy and challenging
subculture of the teen world. Having delved into this genre before with Lohan
in "Freaky Friday," director Mark S. Waters mines it for its most droll, nasty
nuggets. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Mean Girls" is a refreshing,
astute 8. It all rings true!
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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